National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj Synopsis
Taj (Kal Penn) shows straight-laced students at a British university how to party.
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Boston Globe

The Rise of Taj is relatively pointless in the scheme of things, but refreshing in what it (mostly) doesn't resort to for laughs.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Everything old is old again in this rickety extension of 2002's already rickety "Van Wilder."
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Ryan Reynolds isn't around this time - and neither is most of the wit.
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Chicago Reader

By Reece Pendleton
This is shocking only for its tepidness; except for some raunchy language, it's ready-made for basic cable.
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The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
National Lampoon’s Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj harnesses smut and silliness to an oddly innocent tale of true love.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
If you liked "Van Wilder," which starred Ryan Reynolds and Tara Reid, be warned: The only person returning from the cast is the boring...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
While Kal Penn manages a decent lead performance as Taj, the writing is terrible.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The laughs are low, the breasts are high, and the film is instantly forgettable.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
So blatantly not funny that it might as well have been called "National Geographic's Van Wilder 2."
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Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Granted, the state of the indie hipster and/or Big-Man-on-the-Quad aesthetic has probably skewed a bit since I was a frosh, but good lord,...
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Very Entertaining

By jimbobx7
Most would say that sequels can't compete against the original. In my humble opinion, I think The Rise of Taj was very entertaining, perhaps even more so than the original. If you're looking for a...

A must see movie

By Skoochi
I think that this movie is going to be so funny and a must see...

Oh man...

By Colonial Marine
Only a thirteen year old moron would waste his money on garbage like this. I can tell it's crap before it even premiers....


By les_paul
FILLED with nudity. If you are a sick pervert go see it!!!! sucks!!!!!...

not funny

By stvnseagal
like the first except not funny and with a bad plot. unorigional, predictable, lame jokes. disappointed in kal penn....

Classic Fun for everyone.

By Movie-Guy
A couple of friend and I went to see Rise of Taj expecting a fun time. We weren't disappoint. Although somewhat predictable, It had enough laughs to keep the movie worthwhile....

I think everyone expected ALOT more...

By herbrock17
Was it my fault that I expected ALOT more from a movie dawning the "Van Wilder" title?? My wife fell asleep but I am more patient and gave the movie a real chance. I just kept telling myself...

don't watch it

By modesto443
I can't believe I wasted my money on that movie. The first one was good but this one just sucked....

Great Comedy!!

By tooid
I enjoyed the movie a whole lot.. but i dont think it compares with the original.. that one is a classic and hard to beat!...

Why Not?

By Twitch Daddy SMD
In these times of outsoursing all our jobs to India, why not have another job of making me laugh go there too. Yes, It was quite stupid but entertaining....

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What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Not for kids 17 and under Lame, horrid sequel is even worse than the first.
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